G7 to continue supply of weapons to Ukraine, isolate Russia — statement of FMs

14 May, 05:41 PM
G7 Foreign Ministers at the Summit in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, May 13, 2022 (Photo:Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS)

G7 Foreign Ministers at the Summit in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, May 13, 2022 (Photo:Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS)

The G7 foreign ministers have vowed to increase Russia's economic and political isolation, continue to supply arms to Ukraine, and work to reduce global food shortages as a result of the Kremlin's war, the joint statement following the meeting in Germany reads, according to Reuters.

Group of Seven foreign ministers agreed to continue providing military and defense assistance to Ukraine "as long as necessary."

The key to increasing pressure on Moscow is the ban or phasing out of EU member states' purchases of Russian oil. An agreement on this issue is expected to be reached next week, even if Hungary continues to oppose it.

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"We will expedite our efforts to reduce and end reliance on Russian energy supplies and as quickly as possible, building on G7 commitments to phase out or ban imports of Russian coal and oil," the ministers said in their statement.

Diplomats have also said they will fight Russia's misinformation, which accuses the West of food problems around the world. They also called on China not to help Russia and not to justify its war against Ukraine.

On May 12-14, the foreign ministers met in Schleswig-Holstein as Germany presides in 2022. The summit was also attended by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who called on the G7 to seize Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine.

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